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Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 1
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 
Westin Hotel & Zoom

Rob Dunlop, Cascade PBS

Cascade PBS is the premiere regional public media organization offering the best of public broadcasting, local original productions, public interest journalism and community events. Our mission is to inform and inspire the community to make the world a better place. Join us to learn about the latest from PBS; the local programs we produce, such as Mossback’s Northwest, Nick on the Rocks and Out & Back; and the latest in our coverage of local politics and investigative journalism.

Annual Diplomatic Panel Discussion – Rapidly Emerging Ties Between the Pacific Northwest and South


Rotarians gathered on April 17th for a panel discussion regarding the increasing ties between the Pacific Northwest and South Asia. Panelists included Consular General of India Prakash Gupta, Dr. Radhika Govindrajan of the University of Washington, and Professor Sital Kalantry, JD of the Seattle University School of Law with Mark Gantar facilitating the panel discussion.

Panelists covered a variety of different topics such as cultural exchanges, trans-pacific economic trade, and cross border education programs. Speaking to the most recent economic data, CG Prakash shared how India recently posted an annualized GDP growth rate of 8.4% with investments from companies such as Boeing to deliver 200 planes over the next several years, highlighting the connection between the Pacific Northwest and India. Professor Kalantry followed this up by sharing that Indian and US relations are at an all-time high and carried on that bilateral trade between the countries in 2022 was at $133 billion, with the US being India’s largest trading partner for that year.

Dr. Govindrajan shared how locally, programs through the University of Washington have been established to teach the Pacific Northwest community South Asian languages including Urdu, Hindi, and many others. These programs connect the Pacific Northwest to South Asia through cultural exchanges as well as assist healthcare providers through learning languages in an expedited manner.


Young Professionals Exchange Program Application Submission Opens May 5-May 15

YPE is a Rotary Club program designed for young professionals ages 25 – 35.  The purpose is to build a new generation of Rotarian global leaders with global perspectives and experience.

For a period of 8 – 10 days, you will be part of a small group of other young professionals and will travel to Japan, where you will be hosted by a Rotary club.  You will stay in a Japanese home of a Rotarian club member who has volunteered to host you.  During your time in Japan, you will take part in various activities as a group (in 2019 and 2023, it was a group of 4).  In 2024 it will, take place in Osaka from either September 13 or 20. Similarly, there is a group of young professionals from Japan who will visit the Seattle area, hosted by 5 Rotary Clubs in the Seattle area who are hosting the same activities. In 2024, that will happen  August 10 - 18.  

If you are interested in participating and wish to receive the application when it is released on May 5, please CLICK HERE.

Looking to Promote Your Business or Work Through Rotary? Join the District 5030 Community Benefit Business Network!

Seize the opportunity to amplify your business's visibility and foster connections within our vibrant Rotary community by listing your business for free in the District 5030 Community Benefit Business Network (CBBN), where we promote and support our fellow Rotarians' businesses across our communities.
To register your business, please CLICK HERE.

Volunteers Needed!

The Boys & Girls Club is looking for reading mentors for three of their local area clubs. They are looking for volunteers that can read with one child twice a week for an hour. They would LOVE Rotarians to sign up for this program as it is effective in bringing K-4th grade students to reading at grade level in 10 weeks! To volunteer, CLICK HERE.

SRSF Giving Update

Pike Place Market Foundation, the recipient of the SRSF $100,000 Community Impact Grant, will be set up in the Westin Hotel lobby in May to offer a short fellowship event.  We will be packing “No Cook Food Bags” from 11:30 PM -12:30 PM just before we meet for lunch on May 1st.  Please come join your fellow Rotarians for some lively discussion and packing for a very worthy cause.  
Pinkham & Skeel and Presidents Circle Donors will be invited to a special event on Wednesday, June 19th at the Seattle Yacht Club from 5:00-7:00 pm. This is a recognition for our club members who have donated to the SRSF at either $1000 (P&S) and $2500 (PC) levels. There will be delicious appetizers, wine, beer and soft drinks.  It’s going to be a lovely event.  
Thank you!
Your SRSF Board of Directors

Get Involved!

Saturday, April 20
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Goodwill Donation Center - South Lane Street

Volunteer at Rotary District 5030 Lithium Ion Battery Recycling Event

Our club would love to have you volunteer at the Rotary District event! For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer a two-hour shift, please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 1
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel St. Helen's Room (2nd Floor)

No-Cook Bag Packing Service Event


Join us for this light-impact service opportunity packing no-cook food bags for the food insecure in downtown Seattle. This volunteer opportunity is in conjunction with our Community Impact Grant and its recipients, Pike Place Market Foundation.

Plan on joining us near our meeting space at the Westin before the lunch program to participate and help serve others!

Wednesday, May 1
6:00 PM
Noi Thai Cuisine Green Lake

Ethnic Dinner with Fedva Dikmen

Our recurring series returns with dinner at Noi Thai Cuisine Green Lake. To RSVP and pre-pay via check or Venmo, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 4
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
111 Barnes Point Rd, Port Angeles

Elwha River Exploration Day!

Walk in the footsteps of NatureBridge students as you explore Elwha River restoration and its history with NatureBridge. We’ll utilize hands-on field science practices to help you understand biodiversity and ecological health, and how the ecosystem is changing post-dam removal.

You will start the day at our Olympic campus with a warm beverage and light snacks, including the world's best banana bread. You’ll have time to meet your fellow day adventurers while packing your lunchtime sandwich as we introduce NatureBridge and the Elwha River. Then we head out into the field to research sites on the Elwha where we will learn about the Elwha River, the impact of the dam in our local community and around the world! Please bring your own water, wear comfortable walking shoes and layers for the weather. The program will conclude on the Elwha River.

Registration is $10 and space is limited!

We hope you’ll join us for this fun and inspirational day!


Wednesday, May 8
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Rainier Club

Special All-Club Meeting

This special meeting is being called to provide club membership with an opportunity to hear about and discuss (in small table-talk sessions) the Future Vision Task Force report. This report is the result of several months of task force work to envision what the Rotary Club of Seattle of the future could look like. We would like to see full member participation! Please make attendance to this event a priority to you! Food and beverage will be offered. To RSVP to attend, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 10
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UW Campus - William H. Gates Hall Room 138

India Symposium

Co-directed by April 17 lunch meeting panelist Dr. Radhika Govindrajan, this free event will showcase the research, projects, and published academic work from UW faculty members who work with or in collaboration with scholars from India. Registration is required for this free event. To register, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 18
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Puget Sound Plaza - 15th Floor Conference Room

2024-2025 Rotary Club of Seattle Board Training

Please save the date for this required training for all current and incoming 2024-2025 RCOS board members, which will be led by District 5030 trainer Steve Lingenbrink.



Bloodworks NW

New Corporate Members



Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Mary Goldie
Club Director

We love to see our Rotary members promoting good works in our community and abroad!  If you have a project or fundraiser that you are excited about and would like to promote to your fellow club members, please check in with our Club Director, Mary Goldie, before distributing information or invitations through our email roster.  We value the privacy of our members’ contact information and can let you know the appropriate ways to reach out to folks in our club. Thank you!! 

May 01, 2024 12:30 PM
May 15, 2024 12:30 PM
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International Service Committee (Monthly except Jun, Jul, and Dec)
On Zoom
Apr 19, 2024 10:00 AM
Rotary Lithium Battery Recycling Event !
Seattle Goodwill
Apr 20, 2024
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
GUEST REGISTRATION 5.1 Lunch Meeting, Rob Dunlop of Cascade Public Media (KCTS) (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Westin Hotel)
1900 5th Avenue
May 01, 2024 Ends: 11:59 PM
No-Cook Bag Packing for Pike Place Market
St. Helen's Room -Westin Hotel 2nd Floor
May 01, 2024
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Community Service Committee
May 01, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ethnic Dinner at Noi Thai Cuisine
Noi Thai Cuisine
May 01, 2024 6:00 PM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
May 01, 2024 3:00 PM
Elwha River Exploration Day
111 Barnes Point Rd.
May 04, 2024
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Joanne Miller
Ford Van Winkle


April 19 - April 25
April Mobley
Robyn Grad


These are club membership (not total years of Rotary membership) anniversaries only
1 Year
Dorothy Echodu
3 Years
Brian Goodwin
Jenn Gladish
Gina Hall
Rachel Smith
4 Years
Dewitt Jensen
5 Years
Matt LeMaster
6 Years
Jessica Bhuiyan
Nicole Klein
9 Years
Jon Scholes
Mike Adams
11 Years
Michele Shaw
14 Years
Kari Rallo
15 Years
Gary Drobnack
16 Years
Steve Boyd
18 Years
Steve Sundquist
19 Years
Linda Cheever
20 Years
Hollie Ellis
Freeman Fong
24 Years
Jean Bateman
31 Years
Mike O'Byrne
37 Years
Bob Parks
40 Years
Jim Burdett
46 Years
Ralph Munro

Get Involved

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  See below for a list of committees.  Email the committee chair by clicking on their name.  Or, contact Mary Goldie for more information. 


Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement & Recruitment
New Member Introduction
Rotary Cares
Seattle Rotaract
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder Dr. Skip Rowland, Chair  


Meeting Reporters



Get Connected!

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Recommend fellow Rotarians.
3. Include Seattle Rotary 4 in your profile. 
4. Invite your connections to a weekly meeting, and let know so they may be introduced. 
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 


Video of Seattle 4 Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Audio Visual Sponsors.

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle 4 Rotary Audio Visual Sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Mary for more details at

Do You Have Any Musical Instruments to Donate to Students in Need?  

Music4Life is a non-profit and project of Rotary District 5030 that distributes musical instruments to public school students in need. 

We welcome any gently used musical instruments you wish to donate. They can be delivered directly to these local music stores that are now open: American Music in  Phinney  Ridge and Kennelly Keys Music in Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Please accompany your instrument with the PDF donation form, linked below.

Contact Marli Iverson at 
for additional information or visit the website at


Would You Like Support from Your Fellow  Members? 

Our Rotary Cares team is ready to listen and to support you.  One of the wonderful things about our club is that you have many friends --you just need to reach out to tap into our amazing network of caring people.  Please contact our Rotary Cares Committee Co-Chairs are listed below to let us know how we can help. 
Liz Powell:
Marsha Mutusi:
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